New Delhi: The identity of a "high dignitary" has not been disclosed either by Special Task Force (STF) probing the high profile Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board) scam or Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is monitoring the probe. However, Union Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot has come out with the name of the governor Ramnaresh Yadav.
According to a report published in Indian Express, Gehlot, who was in Ujjain on Saturday, told local television channels that the probe agency had found that Yadav was allegedly involved in the case and the High Court had permitted it to file an FIR against him.
SIT submitted two sealed envelopes to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Saturday containing the name of a "high dignitary" and a progress report of the investigation.
The envelops were opened before the division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe who without making the name public allowed the investigating agency to proceed further “in accordance with the law”.
The Union minister gave a clean chit to Shivraj Singh Chouhan, against whom senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has levelled serious allegations of tampering with the evidence to absolve himself.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Satyadev Katare said it was not proper for the Union minister to either declare someone guilty or give someone (Chouhan) a character certificate when the investigation was on.
Gehlot revealed Yadav's name at a time when Yadav's son Shailesh Yadav was named in a chargesheet filed by the STF in a local court in Bhopal amidst demand for the Governor's resignation.
Responding to the allegations, Yadav said that he will not step down because he has been appointed by the President. The court which will hear the matter today, has warned MPPEB officials and deans of government and private medical colleges that they will be held responsible if they do not provide the information sought by the STF within a week.
It was brought to the division bench's notice that bail orders of the accused were entertained by courts not authorised to do so. The court asked the registrar general to ascertain factual position and directed the investigation agency to take corrective measures on case-to-case basis.